Connect your sensors to the internet
The Ethernet Base Station is the link between the sensors and the internet.
The base station is a breeze to set up. In most cases, simply plugging in the ethernet cable and connecting the power is all the set-up you need.
See our full instructions for installing and configuring your wireless loggers
50m line-of-sight range?
The Ethernet Base offers a theoretical 50 meters of line-of-sight range to your sensors. In the real world, this will be reduced due to various factors.
Walls, particularly metal walls such as those on a coolroom or commercial freezer, significantly reduce the range.
A more accurate estimate is probably 20-30 meters, or two rooms away from the sensor.
If your sensors are a long way apart, you may need more than one base station.
What's in the box?
- 1x Ethernet Base to connect up to 40 wireless sensors.
- 1x Australian AC adapter (100V~240V input 50/60Hz) power supply.
- 1x Ethernet cable to connect to your modem, switch or wall socket.
- Online data server hosting for life – there are no subscription fees of any kind.
NOTE: Alerts need to be configured, but it’s a very simple process that we can help you with if you need it.
* NOTE: when the logger is out of range of the base station or the base station loses its connection to the internet, you can receive a notification, but you will not receive temperature alerts.
Yes. This system requires a base station in order to save temperature data to the internet. However, one base station can handle connections from dozens of sensors at once, provided they are all in range.
No. The sensor transmits data on a frequency of 433Mhz. This is completely different to the wi-fi connection.
It’s actually the same frequency used by things like garage door openers or remote control toys. This frequency allows better penetration through fridges, coolrooms and walls.
When the power to the base station goes out, the internet server will recognise that it has lost connection to the base station and signal an alert.
Depending on how you have configured your account, this can do a number of things including sending an email and sending a notification to your phone.
If you sensor has a backup memory, it will continue to log temperatures and save that data to its internal memory. I can save over 8,000 readings -about 28 days of readings five minutes apart.
When the connection from the base station to the internet is re-established, the server will trigger another set of actions. The data saved in the sensor’s memory will be uploaded to the internet so there should be no gaps in the record.
The battery is a fairly standard 3V coin-cell battery (Model CR2032). You can buy them at supermarkets, pharmacies, hardware stores, etc for a couple of dollars.
How long the battery lasts is dependent mainly on two factors: the sampling rate and the connection strength.
The sampling rate is set to a maximum of 5 minutes, and this is the recommended interval for most applications. If you configure the sensor to log more frequently than that, it will use power faster.
Sensors try to use as little power as possible to connect to the base station. If they are a long way from the base station or there are a lot of obstructions to the signal, then they are forced to use more power to make a connection, draining the battery faster.
In the worst case, battery life can be quite short – as little as a few months. Most of our customers report battery life of between 10 and 14 months.
- Ethernet: 10Base-T
- DHCP: Required
- Ports: Must allow outgoing 80 and 6667
- Frequency: 433MHz
- Operation range: -40°C (-40°F) to 85°C (185°F)
- Connections: Up to 40 sensors
- Bandwidth: Typically 660byte upload per event, 401byte download per event. 601byte upload per ping, 402byte download per ping (every five minutes)
- Height: 22mm
- Width: 55mm
- Thickness: 48mm
- Weight: 55g
NOTE: This product requires a Wireless Ethernet Base to be able to operate.
FCCID: ZGW05. FCC Compliance Statement: This device complies with part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Caution: Any changes or modification cautions to this device not explicitly approved by manufacturer could void your authority to operate this equipment.